Cyclones go 2-0 in conference play

YODER – The Class 1A No. 3-ranked Southeast High School boys’ basketball team began the 2023 portion of the schedule with a pair of dominating wins over 1A Southeast Quadrant foes Rock River and Hanna-Elk Mountain.

On Friday, the Cyclones began 2023 the same way it ended 2022 – with a win over Rock River.

This time, Southeast traveled to Rock River and rolled to an 88-25 win over the Longhorns.

Southeast raced out to a 31-5 first-quarter lead, adding 34 more points in the second quarter to take a 65-12 lead into halftime.

With a running clock for the remainder of the game, Southeast outscored the Longhorns 23-13 over the final 16 minutes to pull away for the 63-point victory.

The Cyclones shot 55% (36-of-65) for the game, including 46% (6-of-13) from 3-point range.

Southeast had 11 players net at least one point in the win, led by senior Austin Short with 31 points and nine steals, while freshman Beaux Shimic added 12 points. Senior Kyler Clark added 11. Sophomore Ayden Desmond grabbed a team-high five rebounds and tallied a game-best seven steals.

The next day, the Cyclones returned home to defeat Hanna-Elk Mountain, 52-23.

Southeast jumped out to a 13-0 lead before the visiting Miners scored their first points of the game midway through the opening quarter.

The HEM score was also the only points of the quarter as Southeast’s lead was 25-2 after eight minutes.

The Cyclones added 22 more in the second quarter, pushing the Southeast lead to 47-9 by halftime.

It took only 16 seconds into the third quarter for Short to knock down his second triple of the game, kicking in the running clock rule for the remainder of the contest.

Over the final 15 minutes, Southeast tallied only two more points, and those came courtesy of Short.

For the remainder of the game, the Cyclones turned to their junior varsity players to close out the day.

Desmond led Southeast with 19 points, eight rebounds and six steals, while Short added 18 points. Senior Cooper Larkin added 10 points and five rebounds. Clark dished out a team-high six assists.

The Cyclones are now 9-1 on the season and will travel to Lingle on Thursday to face the Doggers. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. 

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